Dog Food Smarts

The Making, Marketing, and Safety of Today's Foods for Dogs

  • History of Dog Food

    Learn the "good, bad, and the ugly" about the history of homemade and commercial pet foods - from our earliest days of feeding dogs through present day

  • Choices, Choices, Choices

    Covers the many choices available to owners - commercial, homemade, raw, human-grade, and more! Learn how to effectively evaluate foods and choose best for your dogs and your clients!

  • Participate and Discuss!

    Video lectures, readings, recorded webinars, Q/A with the instructor, and group discussions keep material interesting and help to support students with different learning styles

About "Dog Food Smarts"

The Making, Marketing, and Safety of Today's Foods for Dogs

  • This is the third core course in The Science Dog Courses "Master Class in Canine Nutrition". Take all three to earn your Masters Class Certificate!

  • EIght chapters examine dog food history; homemade, traditional and innovative foods; marketing claims and appeals; regulation and safety; dog food evaluation and selection and more!

  • Video lectures, readings, recorded webinars and knowledge checks keep material interesting and support students with different learning styles

  • Unlimited 6-month access to this completely self-paced course, plus Q/A and discussion sessions with the instructor and other students

  • Students who complete the course receive a certificate of achievement to help pet professionals advance their careers and to market their knowledge to clients

  • Complete ALL three core courses (Basics, Puppies to Seniors and Dog Food Smarts) to earn your "Masters Class Certificate" in Canine Nutrition!

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available with IAABC (20 units), CPDT (21 units; Behavior), KPA (21 units), and PPAB (20 units)

Dog Food Smarts

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1 - Introduction

    • Dog Food Smarts - Introduction to Course

    • Guidelines for Using the Course Player

    • Tips for Success

    • Terms and Definitions to Get You Started

    • Introduce Yourself!

  • 2

    Chapter 2 - The History of Dog Food

    • In the Beginning

    • Not Your Grandmother's Kibble

    • Early Pet Foods: Check Your Knowledge

    • The Origin of "Complete and Balanced"

    • The 2007 Recall Crisis

    • Complete and Balanced - Knowledge Check!

  • 3

    Chapter 3 - Types of Dog Foods

    • Extruded and Baked Dog Foods

    • Effects of Extrusion and Baking on Starch in Pet Foods

    • Measuring Protein Damage due to Extrusion in Dog Foods

    • Extrusion and Baking: Test Your Knowledge

    • New Types of Dry Foods: Air-Dried, Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated Products

    • Wet, Fresh-Cooked and Raw Foods

    • Video: Production of Fresh Cooked Dog Food

    • Homemade vs. Commercial Diets

    • Are Homemade Diets More Expensive?

    • Other Foods - Test Your Knowledge

  • 4

    Chapter 4 - Pet Food Ingredients

    • Pet Grade vs. Human Grade Ingredients and Foods

    • Are Human Grade Dog Foods More Nutritious?

    • Protein-providing Ingredients

    • Chicken Meal vs. Chicken By-Product Meal: What is the Actual Difference?

    • What Do You Know (About Human Grade, Pet Grade and Protein Ingredients)?

    • Starch and Fiber-providing Ingredients

    • Fat-providing Ingredients

    • Flax as a Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    • Food Additives and Preservatives

    • Pet Food Antioxidants: Pros and Cons

    • Knowledge Check - Starch, Fat, and Preservative Ingredients

  • 5

    Q/A and Discussion (Chapters 1 - 4)

    • Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 1 - 4

  • 6

    Chapter 5 - Pet Food Labels - Are They Helpful?

    • What's In a Name?

    • What's on a Label?

    • Do AAFCO Feeding Trials Matter?

    • Summary of AAFCO Pet Food Label Requirements

    • Test Your Knowledge (Pet Food Labels)

  • 7

    Chapter 6 - Pet Food Marketing (Buyer Beware!)

    • Marketing Appeals (and Why they Work)

    • A (Highly) Successful Campaign: The Appeal to "Natural"

    • The Anchoring Effect

    • What Price is Right?

    • What Do You Know (About Advertising Appeals)

    • Marketing Claims - Are they Helpful?

    • Marketing Claims that Tell You Nothing

    • Health Claims on Dog Food Labels

    • Dental Claims - Should You Believe Them?

    • Test Your Knowledge (About Marketing Claims)

  • 8

    Chapter 7 - Pet Food Regulation and Safety

    • Who Regulates Dog Foods?

    • The "Regulation" of Low Calorie Foods

    • Webinar Excerpt: The Safety Controversies of Raw Diets

    • High Pressure Pasteurization of Raw Pet Foods

    • What's In Your (Dog's) Food? Mislabeling Problems with Dog Food Ingredients

    • Test Your Knowledge (Pet Food Regulations)

  • 9

    Chapter 8 - Choosing Smart for Dogs

    • A Few Food Quality Assessments

    • Protein Quality of Chicken Ingredients

    • Choosing Smart for Your Dog

    • "Pet Food Math Cheat Sheet" Video Tutorial

    • Optional Assignment: Comparing Two Foods Using the Pet Food Math Cheat Sheet

    • Test Your Knowledge (Dog Food Assessment)

    • Optional Discussion: What Do You Feed to Your Dog(s) or Recommend to Clients/Customers?

  • 10

    Q/A and Discussion (Chapters 5 - 8)

    • Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 5 - 8

  • 11

    Additional Resources, CEUs and Completion Certificate

    • Suggested Books and Websites

    • The FDA's Pet Food Safety Reporting Portal

    • Completing the Course!

    • Certificate of Course Completion

    • Review the Course!

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Enrollment includes on-demand access to the complete course for 6 months following registration

Instructor

Owner, The Science Dog

Linda Case

Linda is a world-renowned canine nutritionist, dog trainer and author. Her academic training is as a canine/feline nutritionist and trainer. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois, and was a lecturer of companion animal science at the University of Illinois for 15 years. Linda currently owns AutumnGold Consulting and Dog Training Center in central Illinois. She writes the popular blog "The Science Dog" (https:\\thesciencedog.com) and is the author of eight books, including “Dog Food Logic” and the college textbook, "Canine and Feline Nutrition". Linda and her husband Mike currently share their lives with three amazing dogs; Stanley, Cooper, and Alice, plus Pete the formerly feral cat.

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I have always been a nutrition geek when it comes to gut health, so when I had the opportunity to take this course for CEUs, I jumped on it. I loved Linda's book, Dog Food Logic, so I knew this course would piggy back on it but having Linda narrate the information made it that much better. I highly recommend this course for anyone who has a dog, or works with dogs.

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I highly recommend this comprehensive science-based course for those interested in developing a deeper understanding of the essential nutrients and nutrition...

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I highly recommend this comprehensive science-based course for those interested in developing a deeper understanding of the essential nutrients and nutritional requirements of what we should be feeding our dogs. This is exactly the type of course you would expect from a world renowned nutrition expert who has written books on the subject of canine nutrition. Linda Case provides a condensed version of "Canine Nutrition" in 10 simple to follow chapters that include video lectures, supplemental reading, and a short quiz to test yourself on your comprehension of the individual subjects. You will learn things like what a true quality protein is, and why the omega 3s in your dog’s food may not be contributing the health benefits like helping with inflammatory disorders such as joint pain.

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Linda is a master at taking relevant, evidence-based research on canine nutrition and putting it into understandable and practical applications for the learner. The course provides up-to-date information on macro- and micro-nutrient needs for dogs as well as so incredibly helpful information about many of the myths and trends in feeding our canine companions. She approaches feeding issues from a scientific lens, recognizing the need for guidance in current trends and offers pros and cons of various feeding methods that help us, the consumer and canine guardians, decide the best food in proper amount to help our dog friends thrive. As a human nutritionist and registered dietitian, I was impressed with the advanced level clinical/technical information provided, and I learned or re-learned a ton of information in both the macro- and micro-nutrient areas. An added bonus is the clearly described biochemistry that underpins all of nutritional processes. As an instructor in both face-to-face and online teaching formats at the college level, I was completely wowed by this educational format. The online learning platform, the pace, videos, voice-over power points, and opportunities to interact with Linda online and multiple other learning tools in this course are stellar. I can't wait for the next course!

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